Friday, 29 August 2008

Is this the best we can do?

Is this the best we can do?

There's a bit of a buzz in the media about Anne Keothavong's run to the third round, where she was beaten earlier today by Dementieva.

I'm pleased for her - the past few days will be good for her confidence and her ranking - and it shows that the LTA under Roger Draper is making progress.

But there has to be a reality check. Feel good press coverage about Keothavong masks the scandal which is British women's tennis, where the idea of a player making the second week is currently simply out of the question.

I was staggered to read that the last time a British woman made the third round in NY was 1991. It tells you all need to know about the drift and loss of direction in British tennis in the past 20 years.

So full marks to Anne for punching above her weight but there is a long way to go. Let's hope Laura Robson delivers....


Pamala Knight said...

Hey Steve,

I wanted Anne to make a deep run just because I've had high hopes for her for a while now. Roddick did well to get by Gulbis, who will be a force once he gets a little more experience I think and Murray is fighting to stay alive against Melzer, even now. So far, the Open has been exciting and it's hard (for me anyway) to see anyone dominating and being the clear favorite--Nadal and Federer aside, lol.

Let's hope that Robson lives up to your hopes. Fingers crossed.

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